FIVE STEPS FOR SELECTING AN AUTOMOTIVE AFTERMARKET ERP
BrainStorm says these steps will ensure you get where you need to be
Enterprise Resource Systems (ERPs) can streamline all operations end-to-end, on one platform from finance to distribution, giving a birds-eye view on all business operations.
The selection process of finding the right ERP can sometimes be a minefield and you can end up with a solution that isn’t right for your business goals, and costly to your bottom line.
BrainStorm has put together the following steps to help you choose the right system.
Step One: Plan and survey all existing business processes
The following three questions will help you identify where you are at: What systems do you currently have in place? Where do you have gaps in your current systems? What dream processes would you like to implement?
Step Two: Construct a possible future scenario
Doing this with an integrated ERP overlaid to add/integrate and/or replace current systems gives you clarity around what functionality you will need from your future ERP. Think about what you would like your future business to look like. Then with your ideal future business mapped out, what are the core features of your ERP functionality? For example, do you need: purchasing, inventory management, sales and marketing etc. Now you need to work out your ‘nice to haves’ not typically found in the core functionality of an ERP.
Step Three: Deliverables that meet your business desires and goals
Next, design the absolute deliverables to meet your business goals and desires. You will need to conduct an Internal system review with key players, taking with you the information from the first two steps. This will help you prepare the output of a High-Level ‘as-is’ business process flow and possible future streamlined processes diagram.
Step Four: Defining the required ERP core capabilities
Pull together a core-requirements list according to the job functions of your business processes and any additional requirements that aren’t typically found in the core modules of an ERP. This will help define your capabilities list even further. By doing this you will avoid hefty add-ons later in your ERP project.
Step Five: ERP solution and implementation partner process
BrainStorm says this is the most important part of the process. Remember, this is a long-term relationship and there needs to be a high level of trust and communication throughout the project. Industry-specific knowledge is key, along with key technical experience in each area of management across your business.
BrainStorm says it is ready to help you with your ERP process.
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